Dear family & friends,
On March 15, I am running the Jerusalem Marathon with the ALEH Ascend team, in support of ALEH, Israel’s foremost network of care for children with severe complex disabilities.
First, some background.
Why have I chosen to run for ALEH? I visited ALEH in their Negev facility in 2013 and was overwhelmed by the facilities, the people, and the dedication. ALEH provides over 750 children and young adults with severe complex disabilities specialized services they need to live a quality life: residential living, medical care, rehabilitative and therapeutic treatment, special education, vocational training opportunities, and social and cultural activities. ALEH’s four residential facilities, located in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gedera, and the Negev, are their homes and ALEH's dedicated staff and volunteers are their family – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, ALEH provides thousands of outpatient sessions to children with milder disabilities who are able to live at home.
Thanks to ALEH these children are able to live in much the same way as non-disabled children: attending school, participating in vocational training programs, and enjoying activities such as swimming at the beach or touring the countryside. Integration programs involving family, volunteers, school children and IDF soldiers promote acceptance of the disabled within the community at large.
I have set a goal to raise $1000 by race day. Please help me reach this goal by making a generous tax-deductible donation.
Every little bit counts. Your support is crucial to this effort, so please visit my dedicated fundraising page on the ALEH Ascend website and make a donation today: www.runforaleh.org.
Thank you in advance for your support. Together, we will ensure the unrestricted growth and true inclusion of every Israeli child, regardless of the severity of his or her disability.
I look forward to keeping you updated on my progress!